Beginner Tabata Workout

Beginner Tabata Workout

Beginner Tabata Workout

In March I had the nicest email come my way. It was from a YouTube subscriber who is in her 70’s requesting a beginner’s Tabata workout.

She wanted to see what a Tabata was. However, she wanted to try one that was low impact and would not hurt her.

How can I say no to that?

What is a Tabata?

Tabata workouts are named after this gentleman, Dr. Izumi Tabata, a Japanese physician and researcher.

He conducted a study using an interval-based workout to see if athletes would see the same gains from a shorter training program as they do with a longer duration one.

His initial study used the Japanese Olympic Speed Skating team as his test subjects and the workout consisted of 20 seconds intense work, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for 8 rounds on a stationary bike. The whole workout took 4 minutes for the athletes to complete.

In just 6-weeks of training his subjects improved their anaerobic capacity (the ability for the body to work without oxygen, which in turn promotes speed, strength and power) by 28%, and they increased their VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen the body can use, which improves endurance) by 14%.

While this is a pretty cool study, it is used with elite athletes as the test subjects. Would this type of training work for us mere mortals, as well?

Beginner Tabata Workout

Further proof

In 2013 the American Council on Exercise enlisted a research team of their own to gauge how effective a Tabata-style workout really is – with normal people.

They took a group of 16 men and women who were deemed healthy and either moderately to very fit and between the ages of 20 to 47 years. After their initial treadmill test (to assess their starting VO2 max, maximal heart rate and ratings of perceived exertion – RPE) they had the participants perform 8 rounds of 4 different exercises, using the 20 seconds hard and 10 seconds rest interval for a total of 20 minutes.

The participants used full-body calisthenics with exercises such as: push-ups, mountain climbers, high knees, split squats, box jumps, burpees, jumping rope, side skaters, plank and punch, lunges, squats, high-knees and Russian twists.

The subject’s heart rates were  monitored throughout the workout, while their blood lactate levels were tested with a finger prick blood test and RPE was evaluated after every four-minute segment of exercise.

Immediately following the sessions, the researchers crunched the data and on average showed that during a Tabata workout their subjects averaged 86 percent of HR max and 74 percent of VO2 max —both of which meet or exceed established industry guidelines for improving cardio fitness and promoting fat loss.

As for calorie burning, the 16 subjects burned between 240 and 360 kcals during the workout, for an average of 15 kcals per minute burned.

Again, Tabata met established guidelines for calorie expenditure for improving health and facilitating weight loss.

I love this study due to two reasons:

They used body weight exercises (instead of a stationary bike like Dr. Tabata used), and they used exercises that can be easily replicated at home.

The researcher’s also increased the total workout time from 4 minutes to 20 minutes.

You see what a lot of people don’t understand is that the intensity that Dr. Tabata used on his athletes was extreme.

Even the most fit person would most likely puke at the 2 minute mark. So, by increasing the time of the workout, and dropping the intensity, it makes this type of workout a lot more doable for the average person.

Read more about Tabata workouts and their protocols here.

Beginner Tabata Workout

 

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Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

This 20-minute skipping rope circuit workout is the BOMB!

For 50 seconds an exercise we rotate through 10 exercises alternating between a skipping drill and a lower body or a core drill.

After the 20-minutes is up we finish off with a nice stretch and you get to end your workout all sweaty and happy.

Skipping Rope Facts

  • Jumping rope burns more than 10 calories a minute
  • The effort it takes to jump rope for 10 minutes is the equilvalent of running a mile in eight minutes
  • Skipping is a full body workout. You use your core to stabilize, your legs and glutes for jumping and your arms and shoulders to turn the rope
  • You can burn 200 calories in two 10-minute skipping sessions
  • Skipping is less jolting on the joints than running
  • Jumping rope is a weight-bearing exercise, so it can help improve bone density and stave off osteoporosis
  • Skipping helps improve your heart rate and blood pressure
  • Skipping also aids your coordination and balance

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Skipping Rope Circuit Workout

 

Skipping Rope Circuit Workout - Fitness with PJ

 

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Toning Cardio Workout for Home

Toning Cardio Workout for Home

Toning Cardio Workout

My 20-Minute Toning Cardio Workout for Home is perfect for on vacation, as well as any time you are travelling and don’t have any access to equipment.

I added a lot of core moves into this one too, so if you are desiring stronger abs this is a great toning cardio workout for you.

The sad news is I am all by myself for this workout. Loving husband was not feeling well so I did not have the heart to drag him along. I must admit, though, I missed him.

20-Minute Toning Cardio Workout

What exactly is a “toning cardio workout”, you might be wondering?

Well, basically it’s a workout where we are going to build some strength as well as build your heart and lungs. I have used a lot of body weight moves that will challenge the muscles enough to stimulate some growth (good news!) and at a pace that will keep the heart rate up.

You’re gonna love it!

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20-Minute Toning Cardio Workout

Burn more fat by doing this workout first thing in the morning, before you eat.

By performing cardio in a “fasted” state research is now indicating that we will hit our fat stores faster. You see instead of using the carbs from our food to help motor us through our cardio, we will use our pesky fat stores instead.

I, myself, have been testing this theory and have seen positive results with it. Give it a try with this workout.

20-Minute Toning Cardio Workout

20-Minute Toning Cardio Workout

 

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BOSU Ball Tabata Workout

BOSU Ball Tabata Workout

BOSU Ball Tabata Workout

Short workouts, like a BOSU Ball Tabata, are always bittersweet. They are sweet because they are short and they are bitter because you have to put some serious work behind them to see results.

My BOSU Ball Tabata Workout is the perfect bittersweet workout when you need:

  • A workout that is under 30-minutes
  • A workout that will get the heart rate up
  • A workout that will target the legs
  • A workout that will also hit the upper body
  • And, a workout that will get your core strong

BOSU Ball – What’s so great about it?

I have been using the BOSU ball for years and I love it for the sole reason that it spices up regular moves like squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches, mountain climbers, etc.

Since the dome creates an unbalanced training ground for you and your muscles, you have to work a little harder to stabilize your body while performing any exercise on it.

This extra work translates to more muscles used and more calories burned.

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Upper Body & Abs Workout for Women (Part 2)

Upper Body & Abs Workout for Women (Part 2)

Upper Body and Abs Workout for Women (Part 2)

When I set out to film workout videos I look at three things: has anyone requested certain workouts, what workouts are lacking on the channel and what are my most popular and viewed workouts.

Hence today’s workout Upper Body and Abs Workout for Women – Part 2 (but, really guys can do this too).

If you have done Part 1 Upper Body and Abs Workout for Women  I thought you might would enjoy another workout to add to their upper body training repertoire.

And if you haven’t done Part 1 – there is no need to do any of these two in order (part one first and then part two). Just choose at least one upper body workout a week and do it please. That’s all I ask.

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Upper Body & Abs Workout for Women – Part 2

 

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Chest, Tri & Ab Workout

Chest, Tri & Ab Workout

Chest, Tri and Ab Workout

For women (kinda)

Poor loving husband. He got dragged into another workout with me, and this time one that I am featuring as a “for women workout”.

However, to be honest any gender can do this. It’s just that 90% of my audience are women, so I tend to cater to the masses.

This upper body workout for women (kinda) compliments the workout I released last week, Back, Biceps & Abs.

To really tone the upper body I suggest performing each, once a week, and then also doing a total body workout (that includes upper body exercises), and a leg workout.

Then BOOM in a few weeks you will start the reaping the benefits of all of your hard work.

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Chest, Tri & Ab Workout

The perfect home workout for women (kinda)

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